Master BioWARE

BIOrefinery engineering of Wood and Agro-REssources (BioWARE)

(Master 2 programme taught in English) – Ce master est présenté uniquement en anglais

Our planet is facing up the depletion of fossil resources while the overall demand of biomass for food and energy is continuously increasing. For one decade, biomass is considered as an alternative energy source contributing to reduce greenhouse effect. Biomass is also a renewable source of proteins, sugars, and fats, which lead to valuable green chemicals, pharmaceuticals, biosourced materials, i.e. to any bio-wares. Biorefinery engineering consists in designing biomass transformation processes to replace conventional chemical transformation.


The master programme offers skills in biorefinery engineering, while accounting for bioeconomy requirements, for sustainability of the agro- and wood resources and soil availability.         
Three graduate engineering schools specialised in agricultural sciences, food, chemistry, wood engineering as well as biotechnology share their expertise and their research laboratories in the field of biorefinery to propose a programme combining advanced research and applications.


Prepare master students to PhD study in the area of wood- and/or agro-resources transformation engineering or to R&D position in the biorefinery industry, or to scientific and technical consultant position in organisation related to bio-economy.


At the end of the programme, students are abe to select suitable biomass and design the most efficient process for sustainable production of chemicals, energy, pharmaceutical, and materials.


Research laboratories belonging to either the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) or to the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) are partners of the programme. Local biorefinery companies and start-ups participate to the programme.


The programme is divided into three steps : 

  • Focus on the wood and agro-resources economy and sustainability and the current technology for biorefinery:
                   Agro-based resources & wood: characterization & management (9 ECTS)
                   Biorefinery: new trends and technologies (4 ECTS)
  • Presentation of the new trends and latest research knowledges and expertise in biorefinery using either
    • Advanced Chemical processes in biorefinery for chemical and energy production (11 ECTS)
    • Advanced Bioprocesses in biorefinery for chemical and energy production (11 ECTS)

In both options, the program is built on multidisciplinary individual or group projects (3 ECTS)

  • The last period is a 5-month master thesis in a research laboratory attached to CNRS or INRA (30 ECTS).

The programme also includes core French course (3 ECTS) in order to allow the master students to become autonomous in the day-to-day life and enjoy French culture.


Applications including CV and motivation letter should be sent by mail to:
Note that each campus (ENSAIA, ENSIC and ENSTIB) prioritizes applications received from partner universities.


In order to make the most of this multidisciplinary programme, applicants should have basic knowledges in:

  • Chemistry and biochemistry
  • Process engineering: heat/mass transfer, fluid mechanics, reaction engineering, unit operations,

For the biotechnology orientation: Biology: microorganism, cells, yeast, fungi, enzymes…
For the chemical orientation: Chemical engineering including polymerisation engineering


Registration as full time student at Université de Lorraine.


PhD studies
In biotechnology, in chemical engineering in public/private research centres


  • R&D department of a Food, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, material industries,
  • Consultant of in public, para-public of private organisation,
  • Expert in a design office,…